There have been times, when I'm flying through the air, thinking "I wish I had my helmet on" ~ got away with things a couple of times, but always wear a helmet now. It's not just the life and death thing - a helmet can save you all kinds of abrasions and flesh wounds too , things which hurt and bleed and need stitching. Give the choice between smashing a helmet and spending the rest of the day in A&E, I know which I prefer.
Trail Centre riders riding without a cycling helmet on !!
However, i have on numerous occasions, bashed my helmet off branches and such and thought "without a helmet on, that would have been really nippy". So, for me, it seems to be sensible to have some head protection even if you never crash.
Not long back I was riding to work, taking a muddy descent very easy (2-3mph) as I was running slicks. Low branch hanging down...caught my helmet on it and it really jolted my head back pulling my neck. If I was doing any descent speed at all I would've likely done myself a nasty injury, BECAUSE I was wearing a helmet. It wouldn't have happened otherwise. I simply misjudged the extra size of my head!
Nope that was because you were going too slow - a bit of speed would have snapped the branch before it hurt your neck.
Trust me, it wouldn't have snapped.
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